I have to say a lot of thought and worry went into whether or not we should begin having a real kid birthday party. What I mean by that is a party at a child related place, invitations to several children that are not related to us, presents my husband and I didn't have to buy, the whole deal.
Well, I need not have worried.....IT WAS AWESOME!!!! We have some friends at church who have a little boy born the same year M was on the same day no less! (They just happen to be "boyfriend and girlfriend" to boot!) She and I had discussed having a "real" party last year and maybe doing it together. Well, this was the year we were talking about some short 12 months ago. I brought up the subject in January to see if she still wanted to go the "real" party route and if she wanted to do something separate or together. She was all for doing it together, so we went to work. Actually she did most of the work, she ran around looking at places in town. We wanted something more than just Chuckie Cheese's. More of an activity place or the kid's museum in town. We finally decided on Bounce U!
Let me just stop for a minute and sing the praises of this wonderful place. They took care of everything! You can opt to do as much or as little yourself as you want. We decided on letting them do cake, juice boxes, and balloons. You can add decorations for the table, pizza, cokes, gift bags, you name it! It just depends on how much you want to spend and what all you think your party needs. We thought cake and juice was enough for our age group and time of day. 3:45 is a little early for dinner, too late for lunch, and since we HAD to have cake there is only so much a 4 or 5 year old is going to eat with so much excitement. We had right at 25 kids and a lot of parents stayed and played too. (Adults are free and can use all the equipment too!) Everyone had such a great time.
They gave us "helpers". You usually only get two with the party package we chose, but we got an extra since one was in training. These college age girls were very helpful. When we first walked in, they helped get the kids onto the equipment. We had several younger sisters and brothers there who were too small to play on the equipment alone and they jumped in and took the little ones to play and have fun. We got to bounce for an hour and fifteen minutes and then moved to the party room for our Madagascar cake and juice boxes. Logan and Madalynn shared a cake and each had 5 candles on one side. We sung to both of them. After all the eating was done, we moved on to presents!
Madalynn and Logan were so cute. They took turns opening one present and Logan would just watch Mady and oooh and aaaah over whatever she unwrapped. He is such a little doll and will make a good husband someday!
I think this was a glimpse into the future for Jeremy. Our little daughter had no qualms about holding Logan's hand while standing beside her Daddy. Several times she went down the slide in her Daddy's lap holding Logan's hand!! Jeremy was caught between shock and wanting to cry.
I need your prayers! If she has the guts to hold hands with a boy at 5 WHILE sitting on her Daddy's lap, Lord help us at 15!
Overall we had a great time and I would highly recommend Bounce U to anyone looking for a place for a birthday party! The best part is we got to split the cost! The kids and adults for that matter had a great time. I would definitely do it again.